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Murray_tim_764Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today announced formation of the Ports of Massachusetts Compact agreement to boost economic development and capitalize on resources in the Commonwealth’s seaports.

The compact is signed by the mayors of Boston, New Bedford, Fall River, Gloucester and Salem along with MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey, Massport, the Massachusetts Secretaries of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Housing and Economic Development, and the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation. Lieutenant Governor Murray will serve as chair of the Compact.

“With approximately 2,800 miles of coastline, there are valuable opportunities for increased transportation and economic development in the state’s seaport communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray, who also chairs the Seaport Advisory Council.

MassDOT's Planning Division will lead research and planning efforts for the compact and will identify ways to maximize funding to improve infrastructure.

“Coordinating efforts of the fishing, energy, shipping and transportation industries that operate in our ports is healthy for business and job growth, as well as the environment,” said MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey.

The Compact’s initial action items will include fishing regulations, coastal shipping trends and recommending a plan for seaport coordination. Other Compact goals will include moving people and goods safely, securely and more efficiently through the five ports while providing intermodal connectivity for those doing business and visiting the Commonwealth.

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